Yes, he really did: State Sen. Paul Sanford sets up GoFundMe account to solve state’s budget woes

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Alabama State Senator Paul Sanford has come up with a way to make up for the $300 million budget shortfall: a GoFundMe account.

After about six days, the total has 'skyrocketed' to $1,250 as of Thursday, August 13.  We've still got a long way to go to make the $300 million goal.

So, not much money raised, but there was a $100 donation from a woman named Julia Weller.  This is where she wants her money designated:

"Please give my donation 100% to the Alabama Appellate Courts with priorities being a real document/case management system, where litigants can pay on-line, have access to TRUE efiling, where litigants can file notices of appeal on-line and have regular access to the records in their case ," Weller wrote.  "Also, an adequately staffed IT department and a raise to EVERYONE who has not had more than one raise in the last 6 years."

Diana Foster gave $5 on Wednesday.  "I would donate more funds, but I don't want this money misused! Please purchase 5 calculators from the Dollar Tree and place them in the hands of anyone who can balance a state budget! Thank you!" she wrote.

"Regards from Iran," wrote Farzad Dehmany.

"Just a friendly Canadian trying to help," wrote Ethan Kidney.  Each chipped in $5.

Here is the description of the fundraiser as written on the website:

The State of Alabama is experiencing tight financial times and needs your help. Legislators are debating possible financial solutions but are finding that Raising Taxes are not wanted by the citizens of Alabama. Rather than have the Government come after your hard-earned money you can now send an amount that fits your budget, even request where your money be used.

You can determine what functions of Government are a priority to you.

Several people were quick to leave comments on the website.  Sen. Sanford has been responding:

I do appreciate the comments but please realize this was to prove a point that most people do not want to pay more taxes but are for taxes when the other guy is to be taxed. Also, even the few donations that have been received reflect our ability to budget State functions (earmarked for education a rate of 8 to 2 (education to other govt services). It is easy to get support for education but not so easy for he remaining rolls of Government.

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